Stories for May 2001

Monday, May 28

Hiring Recruiting tool matches employees to jobs

Corporate America has experienced unprecedented management turnover in the last five years.

Construction Downtown officials eagerly await new projects

A half-dozen new office building projects are on the drawing board for Downtown, setting the stage for the first major office space development in the city's core since 1991.

Small Business Latin American trade will benefit small firms

What NAFTA did for local small business trade with Mexico, the FTAA could do for all of the New World.

Defense Spawar changes commanding officers

Rear Adm. Kenneth D. Slaght relieved Rear Adm. John Gauss last week as commander of the San Diego-based Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (Spawar), the Navy's main technology procurement agency.

Real Estate and Construction

Leasing agents: Trent France and Barry Hendler of BRE Commercial/NAI represented the lessor and the lessee.

Transportation Transit plan calls for sales tax extension

A new transportation plan aimed at encouraging public transit use and transit-centered population growth carries a high price tag that would require extending a sales tax set to expire in seven years.

Profile As president of the Telecom Council, Marco Thompson has cut his work week down to a leisurely 70 hours

Title: President, San Diego Telecom Council; founder, Doctor Design Services; angel investor

Enterprise What's been done for auto assembly lines is being done for proteomics

It may seem absurd that a Saturn automobile plant in Tennessee and a biotechnology firm in La Jolla would hunt for the same talent.

Editor's Notebook President's energy policy is a ghost of Teapot Dome

President George W. Bush's so-called energy policy is taking a whipping these days, and with good reason: The policy is little more than a wish list composed by the nation's energy cartels.

People On The Move

Todd E. Twedt has joined Community National Bank as vice president/commercial lending officer. Craig S. Cole has been promoted to senior vice president/residential lending division at Union Bank of California.

Internet MP3.com tunes into offer by Vivendi

MP3.com, Inc., the San Diego-based Internet music service, is going under the wing of Vivendi Universal SA.

21 Finalists Named in Ernst & Young Awards

Ernst & Young has announced the 21 finalists for its San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for 2001.

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Biotech Alliance ends testing on its LiquiVent product

Shares of Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. gained some ground after the San Diego-based biotechnology firm reported its oxygen subsitute product showed no benefit in patients with acute respiratory failure.

Editorial Battle over biotech brews in San Diego

Since man forged the first metal weapon, science and technology have been a lightning rod for controversy.

Tourism SeaWorld master plan takes shape

It hasn't been the smoothest of sailing, but SeaWorld San Diego's campaign for major expansion along Mission Bay is closing in on what could be its final stages.

Insurance Investigators see rise in auto insurance fraud

Ronald Allen Prasky sold bogus insurance policies from his office about 200 feet from the border in San Ysidro, preying on Latinos who spoke little English.

Tourism Zoo unveils ambitious redevelopment plan

Its new expansion plans made public earlier this month, the San Diego Zoo's next step is taking the project to the city and beginning the environmental review process.

How To How to find, keep young talent in a company

For all businesses, finding and keeping talent is crucial to growth. It's also very hard, as anyone who owns the responsibility will attest.

Trade PriceSmart opens three more stores abroad

By the end of May, San Diego-based PriceSmart Inc. will have opened three new membership club warehouses abroad.

Biotech Isis licenses its costly diabetes drug development

One biotechnology expert believes Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s shareholders are likely to benefit from a deal between the Carlsbad-based biotechnology firm and a major drugmaker to develop its diabetes drug candidate.

Tourism Survey: traveling becomes more of a family affair

Parental guilt is becoming more powerful than ever, and it's fueling a boom in the family travel niche market, said Peter Yesawich of Florida-based marketing firm Yesawich Pepperdine & Brown.

How To Transitioning to a new career with confidence

You're stuck in your career and dream of making a radical change, but have no idea how to get from point dead-end A to point bright-future B.

Training Employee team-building takes a 'yes and' attitude

Just like ABC's television show called, "Who's Line Is It Anyway?", a small team of people are given a situation and must resolve the problem with improvisation, teamwork and creativity.

Health Care Liver dialysis therapy a focus of overdose study

San Diego-based HemoTherapies Inc. and the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center have joined forces to study the usefulness of liver dialysis for severe acetaminophen overdose.

Commentary California businesses need direct energy access

Rarely, if ever, has the approach of summer created such panic in California. Just as daunting as the thought of trying to run a business profitably in the midst of rolling blackouts is the growing concern about how much it will cost California businesses

Telecom NeoPoint shuts down; Teradyne lays off 150

The worldwide pullback in spending and investment into telecommunications equipment and products caused the shutdown of one San Diego business and the layoff of 150 employees in a manufacturing division here recently.

About The List Temp services offer some economic encouragement

With the United States' economy bordering on a recession, temporary staffing trends are revealing weaknesses in some industries, but are offset by others.

Small Business and Retail Slow economy at home? Try selling overseas

Since 96 percent of the world's consumers live outside the United States, there are powerful growth opportunities in international markets. And now, it's even easier for small businesses to become a part of the global economy , at least for members of the

Software Firm Starts Giving Scholarships

Cardiff Software Inc. recently announced the first recipients of the Joseph C. Larson Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

CyberBucks Report: 28 local firms got $595M in VC funding

While venture capital firms are certainly more selective about where they put their money, the amount flowing into local companies reached its all-time high in the first quarter, according to the latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers Money Tree report.

USD Honors Ex-Nurse for Achievements

If Jaynelle Stichler had her way, patients would no longer find hospitals to be dreadful places, but actually find them somewhat, well, hospitable.

High-Tech Service denial attacks overwhelming Internet

That is a layman's description of a computer at the center of a denial of service attack , the kind of thing that can bring big-name e-commerce sites to their knees.

Author Releases 14th Entrepreneur Book

For openers, he's been writing about the subject for decades going back to his days as a professor at the University of Texas' business school, and later as the vice president of the Kaufman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Kansas City, Mo.

Temp Staffing Services

Temp Staffing Services

Lead Coaches get execs revved up about their careers

Scott Thacher, a research director at Irvine-based biotech firm Allergan, could see his company was not going to pursue development of several new drugs he and his division were working on, yet he realized the market for such drugs was huge.

Monday, May 21

Technology New York firm arrives in San Diego to install online building services

To wire or not to wire? That is the question IntelliSpace answers when it decides whether to install online services in a building.

Small Business and Retail Pending legislation called harmful to small biz

Just as energy deregulation threatens to swell the ranks of the unemployed, the one government program designed to help them out is under attack.

Wireless Qualcomm stock reacts to China CDMA news

Apparently serious about deploying Code Division Multiple Access technology in China, carrier China Unicom last week ordered almost $1.5 billion worth of telecommunications equipment based on the wireless standard.

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Don Grant and Andy Melzer of BRE Commercial/NAI represented the buyer. Mike Philbin and Phil Monroe of John Burnham Real Estate Service represented the seller.

Biotech Creative solutions for locating life science firms

Since the early 1970s, San Diego has been gaining ground as one of the nation's leading regions for life science companies, competing directly with strong biotech and pharmaceutical markets in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maryland, New Jersey and North Car

Signage Engineering safe, durable and effective signage

Engineering a sign that is safe, practical and durable is no small task , especially in a fast-paced, demanding business world where everything is expected instantly.

Energy Rates Building managers mull pass-through of energy costs

Companies entering the commercial real estate market are seeing something that wasn't as common the last time they signed a lease for office space: Electricity's not included.

Small Fleet To Make Big Waves in S.D.

A new fleet is making its way to the Embarcadero. But this one takes a remarkably small amount of space.

Contracts Burnham awarded eight management contracts

The asset services group of San Diego-based Burnham Real Estate Services ONCOR International recently announced it has been awarded eight new management contracts totaling 1.3 million square feet of office and industrial space by Los Angeles-based Mitsui

Biotech FDA OKs 'expanded' labeling for lymphoma drug

San Diego-based Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp. announced the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new product labeling for its non-Hodgkin's lymphoma drug Rituxan.

CyberBucks Telecom firm suffers from industry's downturn

The worldwide downturn in spending in the wireless telecom industry caused San Diego-based Wireless Facilities Inc. to report its first quarterly loss since it went public in late 1999.

Airlines Hawaiian Airlines considers a second direct flight to the islands

About to launch a daily nonstop flight from San Diego to Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is dangling a new prospect before the local travel industry: a second direct flight to Hawaii.

Energy Conserving energy at the office helps calm the crisis

Rolling blackouts, conservation, consumption, efficiency. With California's energy crisis as a frequent news headline, these words have become part of our daily vocabulary , and for good reason.

Commentary Small firms can't afford not to provide health plans

Small businessmen, such as myself can and should take pride in the fact that our ideas and efforts fuel the economic growth and prosperity of San Diego County and the entire nation.

Education SDSU formalizes plan to banish Aztec mascot

The 75-year-old presence of Aztec king Montezuma at San Diego State University will stay, but the red-faced "Monty" logo and dancing mascot will not.

Commercial Developers

Commercial Developers

Weight Loss Jenny Craig seeks to fatten value on Wall Street

Sale a Possibility as Jenny Craig Sees an Uptick in Stock After Announcement

Media Union-Tribune's Olympics section marketing scores a gold

Promotions surrounding its Olympics-focused special section won the San Diego Union-Tribune the "Best of Show" award at a recent national newspaper marketing competition.

Energy Canadian firm seeks to turn food waste to electricity

The same latte commuters rely on for their morning buzz may soon provide a jolt of a different kind.

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Sports Biz New fitness club breaks ground in Carmel Valley

If all goes as planned, by the spring of 2002, San Francisco-based Western Athletic Clubs Inc. could make its Southern California debut in San Diego County.

People On The Move

Community National Bank has hired Brian Kavanagh as senior mortgage banking officer. Robert Pedersen has joined Rancho Santa Fe National Bank as assistant vice president. Johnene Harden-Bell has joined Grice, Lund & Tarkington, LLP, CPAs as an auditor. Ea

Editorial Davis budget plan leaves little room for cheer

Like it or not, we all knew this day was coming. Gov. Gray Davis unveiled his revised state budget last week, which offered a quick-read of the state's slumping economy.

Media Califormula eyes selling stations, marketing rights

Media: Jefferson Pilot Talks Apparently Over; Clear Channel May Be in Running

Lead Evaporating tech market creates office space surplus

ebSideStory, Inc. envisioned nearly doubling its number of workers from about 145 to 260 during 2001.

Profile As HNC's top exec pushes his company toward new goals, he still finds time to tool around in a Porsche or Ferrari

Education: Bachelor's degree in economics from Cornell University; MBA, University of Chicago

East County Development booms in downtown El Cajon

Projects, permits and planning. That pretty well sums up the suddenly booming development scene in downtown El Cajon.

Banking Reinhart steps down as First National's CEO

First National Bank chairman and CEO Leon Reinhart resigned last week, leaving the bank he helped recapitalize and grow over the past five years.

Transportation Cities mull regional eminent domain powers to solve traffic woes

Transportation: Proposal By Murphy Aimed at Solving Countywide Traffic Woes

It's Hard to Find, IRS Will Track It Down for You

Need a balalaika? Looking for film you can use in your antique camera? Don't have the time to find what you're looking for?

Energy New generators won't prevent rolling blackouts

Power Plants Under Construction Won't Provide Enough Energy; Some May not Be Built in Time

Commentary President George W. Bush and trickle-down leisure

In summertime people often look forward to vacations and the enjoyable use of leisure time.

Real Estate Local properties in default now in online auction

The county this week will offer its first e-auction of seized timeshares and land.

High-Tech Titan unveils new 'child' e-tenna

San Diego-based e-tenna Corp. has been what Titan Corp. likes to call one of its "emerging" businesses.

Enterprise In good times and bad, cars still get crashed

Business: Manuals, software and Web services for the collision repair and insurance industries

St. Vincent's Productivity Boosted By Internet Gift

St. Vincent de Paul Village is now capable of accommodating nearly 200 people, including staff and clientele, thanks to a $194,870 donation from Novell, Inc.

Publisher's Notebook Boosting morale a good idea in tough times

As we all wait for the economy to continue to right itself, it behooves the management teams of all companies to look for ways to get the most out of their employees.

Biotech Leukemia drug shows signs of success in treating stomach cancer

A leukemia drug that recently made headlines with its fast-track approval has shown similar success in a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer, said a UCSD scientist.

Office Space Downtown office renaissance falls into place

While the economy hummed along in high gear during the late 1990s, San Diego's Downtown office market sat largely on the sidelines, watching as flashy new buildings rose in Sorrento Valley, along Interstate 15 and other locations around the county.

SAIC's Smart Robots Would Be Battle-Ready

Engineers at Science Applications International Corp. want to give battle smarts to a legion of robots.

Monday, May 14

Trade Port goes bananas over Dole deal

Long before officials of the Dole Fresh Fruit Co. signed a 20-year lease at the San Diego Unified Port District's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal last week, they coveted the underused dock.

People On The Move

RSM McGladrey Inc. has added Susan Lerner as manager for wealth management solutions.

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Michael Schoeder of BT Commercial represented the seller. Jim Roessler of Raphel Roessler Retail Group represented the buyer.

Technology Anacomp seeks to avoid filing for Chapter 11

Anacomp, the Poway-based document management services company, proposed a two-pronged debt restructuring plan it hopes will keep it out of bankruptcy.

Defense The Navy Marine Corps Intranet begins to take shape

Instead of dredging channels for ship traffic, though, Navy contractors are remodeling rooms and stringing cable for electronic traffic.

Commentary A 'memento'-type performance by the CWA

Perhaps you've heard about "Memento," a movie about a man who forgets anything that happened more than a few minutes earlier.

Advice Firm helps midlife women make informed health decisions

Women in the early post-menopausal age range are becoming the most frequent users of vitamin and mineral supplements, and with good reason.

Tourism Local arts groups gain marketing mentors

Local arts organizations will have access to a three-year marketing program focused on expanding audiences and building new sources of revenue.

Biotech Idec Pharmaceuticals says FDA won't require additional trials for its non-Hodgkin's lymphoma treatment

San Diego-based Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp. said it plans to submit information requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its non-Hodgkin's lymphoma treatment Zevalin by mid-July.

Editor's Notebook Gas prices won't deter those driving SUVs

I'd like to say I can remember the days of gas costing a quarter a gallon, but I don't.

CyberBucks San Diego tops L.A., Orange in VC funding

More than a half-billion dollars in venture capital money poured into San Diego-based companies during the first quarter of the year , more than any other region in Southern California, according to a recent report compiled by Growthink, Inc.

Media KFSD-FM switches to alternative format to increase revenues

Media: KFSD-FM Looks to Attract Runoff Advertising From Clear Channel's 91X

Real Estate Builders start feeling effects of energy crisis

Senior real estate executives in the state are worried the power shortage will soon begin threatening new homebuilding projects.

Real Estate Law firms expand in high-tech territory

When Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP announced the opening of a Del Mar Heights office this month, they became the latest law firm to chew up space in the area.

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Technology BAE expands its Rancho Bernardo operations

One of the county's largest defense contractors is making the jump from tenant to landlord.

Amateurs Golf Like the Pros

If you ever dreamed of playing golf like PGA pros Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate, actor Samuel L. Jackson or slugger Ken Griffey Jr., now you can , in the comfort of your own back yard.

Work Force Looming shortage of doctors not energy spells trouble

It's 2010. You or one of your key employees has a complicated medical problem, requiring consultation and collaboration with several different specialists.

Tourism ConVis cultural arts campaign starts to pay off

They have more money, they stay longer, they are more likely to contribute hotel taxes, and they come from accessible markets.

Letters

My thanks to Brad Graves for his April 23 story on those unconstitutional Lockheed Martin IMS traffic cam speed traps.

Market Stores provide products to elderly, physically challenged

Yes I Can Franchise, an Escondido-based enterprise with a presence in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties, will expand into Arizona and Nevada in the future.

Plant Purveyor Deeply Rooted in San Diego

In the nearly quarter century the Good Earth Plants and Flowers has been around it has gone from selling mostly plants to flowers and back to plants again.

Finance A search for venture capital leads to two men's kidnapping

Plywood covered the windows. He and his business partner, Jim Harrell, lived off slim rations of bread, rice and water. Ahlmann's right hand and left foot swelled because the shackles were too tight. Nearly 24 hours a day, rap music blared in his ears.

Energy Back-up generators urged to ease power crisis

California's energy crisis may have two potential solutions as the state heads into summer. One is energy conservation, while the other is a new program that calls upon customers to get their power from , and make available to the utility , on-site genera

Profile Mark King is finally settling back in with the company that gave him his start

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay

Health Care Sharp honors Qualcomm for employee-assistance programs

In the cutthroat world of high-tech firms, San Diego's Qualcomm Inc. was recently awarded for doing the right thing.

Small Business and Retail Local entrepreneur is honored by President Bush

An Encinitas-based entrepreneur was honored last week by President George W. Bush as California Business Person of the Year.

Area HMO's

Area HMO's

Energy Blackouts portend longer summertime outages

As San Diego faced rolling blackouts last week, sparked in part by increasing temperatures, the response from San Diego Gas & Electric Co. was a masterpiece of understatement.

Law Frivolous lawsuits still abound in county

Frivolous and abusive lawsuits are said to be on the rise, not only in California, but also across the nation.

Banking Pacific Community joins growing list of local banks

This one is based in San Marcos and is called Pacific Community Bank and it received regulatory approval last month from the state Department of Financial Institutions and the FDIC to begin raising capital.

Commentary SeaWorld deserves a chance to present its plan

Environmentalists have created some pretty great things around town lately: a nationally recognized habitat preserve system, an environmentally sound development plan for Pacific Highlands Ranch near Carmel Valley, and a real ocean pollution monitoring pr

Tijuana Home Built in a Day By Carlsbad Firm

Employees from Carlsbad-based Asymtek teamed up in January with Project Mercy to build a simple wooden house for a Tijuana family.

Editorial Is Bush reviving Reagan's Star Wars?

President George W. Bush seems intent on following in the footsteps of a former White House occupant, but it isn't his father.

Ericsson's Surfing Event to Benefit UCSD

The Swedish telephone pioneer left the company that bears his name around the turn of the last century. He died in 1926.

Lead Bringing hospitals up to seismic standards takes its toll

A state law requiring hospitals to conform to stringent seismic standards by 2008 and 2030 has local hospital operators struggling to raise funding.

Regulation Mandates increasing the cost of providing health care

No matter what industry you're in, nobody likes government mandates that dramatically increase the cost of doing business.

Tourism Del Mar Fair gets name change as sponsor is sought for fairgrounds

With board members' approval last week for the Del Mar Fair to be renamed the San Diego County Fair and for finding a corporate sponsor for the Del Mar Fairgrounds, efforts to bring both changes to fruition have been launched.

High-Tech MusicMatch plans online music-on-demand service

San Diego-based Musicmatch Inc. hopes to roll out a new service this summer , the song of your choice on demand, delivered over the Internet.

Enterprise Family business goes to court to make a profit

Employees: five employees; 90 court reporters functioning as independent contractors

Monday, May 7

Commentary NTC redevelopment equals community benefits

The community and city of San Diego spent seven and a half years developing a reuse program for Naval Training Center.

Internet MP3.com plagued by lawsuits, reports 1st quarter losses

A $41.4 million charge to settle class-action and derivative lawsuits pushed MP3.com, Inc.'s most recent quarterly net loss to $46.1 million.

Gaming Valley View project is latest addition to Indian gaming

Casinos: Campo Tribe to Leverage Freeway Frontage With Project on Interstate 8

High-Tech Firm adds 'juice' to the wireless industry

Logging onto the Internet using a wireless device presents all sorts of possibilities.

Small Business Small business group touts Bush's energy plan

The energy crisis is bad for small businesses in California and throughout the nation.

Biotech Biotech leader prepares for S.D. event

With BIO 2001 just around the corner, the Biotechnology Industry Association's top man recently took it upon himself to review plans for the industry's largest annual event, which will bring some 12,000 biotech professionals to San Diego.

Bike to Work Day Promotes Healthy Commute

With gas prices soaring and local freeways becoming parking lots, a healthy commute may be the answer.

Service Seeks to Find the Right Match for Latinas

A mother-daughter team has gone into business in San Diego, operating a matchmaking service specifically aimed at Latina women.

Cyberbucks Akonix on move physically and financially

The folks at Akonix are thrilled to be going to a place where they can finally see the light.

Events 1M annual meetings contribute to $41B industry

Not long ago, just the ability to envision and somewhat successfully meander through the logistics of a company meeting or event was acceptable. Not anymore.

George's Enters Restaurant Hall of Fame

La Jolla restaurant George's at the Cove recently found out that it will be inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame, coordinated by Nation's Restaurant News.

Energy Spiraling gas prices a supply-demand issue

Gasoline prices have been rising steadily in San Diego County since Jan. 1. As of May 1, the average price rose 2.6 cents to $1.89 a gallon , about 26 cents higher than the rest of the nation, according to the Utility Consumers' Action Network.

Telecommunications Nokia joins WFI in developing third generation systems

Finland-based Nokia and Kalmar, Sweden-based WFI Scandinavia AB, a subsidiary of Wireless Facilities, Inc. of San Diego, signed a cooperative agreement to supply a better network to operators.

Insurance Workers'comp insurers feeling deregulation woes

Workers' compensation is the latest market in California to be thrown into turmoil by deregulation, as several insurance companies have gone insolvent following years of overzealous bidding wars.

Media Creative minds design attention-getting annual reports

Two of the people primarily responsible for Jack in the Box, Inc.'s much-buzzed-about annual reports are at it again.

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Jay Alexander and Daniel Knoke of Collier International and Joe McDermott of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer and the seller.

Editor's Notebook Tourism month sparks reason to say thanks

To some cities in America it makes little difference, but in San Diego it is a big deal. Most audiences I speak to while giving remarks about the economy think it is so big that it is our largest industry.

Tourism Ocean-view movie park opens south of the border

ROSARITO , Look out Universal Studios Hollywood, you may have some competition brewing south of the border.

Mole Patrol Arriving to Detect Skin Cancer

The "Mole Patrol" is coming to San Diego to check up on your skin and detect abnormalities early.

Ballpark Councilman touts bidding out rights to name district

If San Diego City Councilman Brian Maienschein gets his way, 26 blocks in Downtown's East Village could end up with a name like the Sempra Energy District or The Ballpark District presented by Gateway.

Real Estate Price of apartment buildings hits record levels

And there is no sign a dent will be made in the affordable housing crisis anytime soon.

Editorial What's in a name? Perhaps a city district

Many are already scoffing at the notion of selling off the naming rights to the 26-block ballpark district in Downtown.

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Sports Nordstrom takes Callaway apparel off the shelf

Golf enthusiasts will no longer find Callaway Golf Co. apparel at Nordstrom stores.

Profile Mickie Beyer catches uninsured in health care net

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Redlands

Biotech Local biotech sold to East Coast drug maker

One analyst said San Diego-based Aurora Biosciences Corp.'s shareholders are likely to be disappointed over the firm's merger agreement with a Cambridge, Mass.-based drug maker.

Public\Semi-Private Golf Courses

Public\Semi-Private Golf Courses

Telecommunications Ensemble scales back work force

Ensemble Communications Inc., a San Diego telecommunications equipment maker, laid off 15 percent of its 260-member staff April 25, an executive said.

Shopping Travel shopping starts at home

Shopping is the second-biggest spontaneous activity after dining out for American travelers while on the road, according to a recently released survey by the Travel Industry Association of America.

People On The Move

Lars Ekstrom, Lisa G. Goldman and Edward W. Villeneuve have joined Goldsmith Agio Helms as managing directors. Sentra Securities Corp. and Spelman & Co., Inc. have named Dennis A. Stubblefield as general counsel/director of compliance. San Diego National

Construction Litigation stifles affordable homes

Construction defect litigation is under fire as a primary reason for the meteoric rise in housing prices in San Diego and across the state.

Enterprise Upper Deck is on top shelf of the trading card industry

In 1988, the typical trading card was produced in what some now call vintage style.

Lead Growth in the hidden industry is picking up speed

When Evelyn Weidner first proposed starting a large-scale annual flower festival in North County several years ago, she didn't find a lot of support.

Tourism City offers wide palette of sports, leisure and culture

Tourism, San Diego's third-largest industry, continues to remain solid despite the weakening of the national economy and the pressures of rising electrical and gasoline prices in California.